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West Alabama Transit Committee February 2019 Meeting

The West Alabama Transit Committee will hold a meeting on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will be held at the West Alabama Regional Commission (4200 Highway 69 North, Northport). The purpose of the meeting is to update the coordinated transit plan for the west Alabama area. Federal regulations require a coordinated transit plan be in place prior to the use of certain federal transit funds.

Agenda
1. Review plan update schedule
2. Review/revise the draft transit plan
3. Verify next meeting date

Any agency that intends to pursue a Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 - Elderly and Disabled Program, Section 5311 - Nonurbanized Program, Section 5316 - Job Access and Reverse Commute Program, or Section 5317 - New Freedom Program grant must participate in the plan development. The draft plan is posted at (https://www.warc.info/mpo-documents/).

The plan is a cooperative effort between the Tuscaloosa Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the West Alabama Rural Planning Organization (RPO). The MPO and RPO staff will develop the plan with the assistance of the West Alabama Transit Committee. Anyone with an interest in transit service is encouraged to attend the meeting and participate in the plan development.

The meeting is open to the public. Anyone requiring special assistance should contact the WARC at least 48 hours prior to the day of the meeting. For special assistance, call the WARC at 333-2990.

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West Alabama Rural Planning Organization (RPO) January-February 2019 Meetings

The West Alabama Rural Planning Organization (RPO) will hold the following meetings:

1. Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC)

  • A. Bibb County - January 28, 2019, 6:00 p.m. - Brent City Hall, 22 1st Street, Brent, AL

  • B. Fayette County - January 29, 2019, 5:00 p.m. - Fayette County Commission Chamber, 103 1st Avenue NW, Fayette, AL - Cancelled due to the threat of dangerous driving conditions.

  • C. Greene County - January 31, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - James C. Poole Library, 219 Prairie Avenue, Eutaw, AL

  • D. Hale County - January 22, 2019, 5:00 p.m. - Moundville Library, 279 Market Street, Moundville, AL

  • E. Lamar County - January 24, 2019, 6:00 p.m. - Lamar County Commission Chamber, 44690 Highway 17, Vernon, AL

  • F. Pickens County - January 31, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - Pickens County Commission, 20 Phoenix Ave, Carrollton, AL

2. Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC), Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 10:00 a.m.

3. RPO Policy Committee, Friday, February 15, 2019 - 10:30 a.m.

The Technical Coordinating Committee and Policy Committee meetings will be held at the West Alabama Regional Commission located at 4200 Highway 69 North, Northport, Alabama.

The committees will discuss the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), traffic safety data, the West Alabama Coordinated Public Transit Plan 2019, and the election of officers for 2019 at the meetings. The meeting packets are posted on the WARC website (https://www.warc.info/rpo-meetings/). In addition, there will be a presentation on the 2020 Census at the Policy Committee meeting.

The RPO serves as a transportation planning process for the rural areas of west Alabama and provides a formal link between the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) and the local governments. The counties served by the RPO include Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, and Pickens. The RPO provides government officials and citizens in these counties an opportunity to advise the ALDOT on road, bridge, and transit projects.

All of the meetings are open to the public. Anyone requiring special assistance should contact the WARC at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. For special assistance call the WARC at (205) 333-2990.

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Tuscaloosa Area metropolitan planning (MPO)
February 2019 Meetings

The Tuscaloosa Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will hold the following meetings:

1. Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee (BPC), Monday, February 11, 2019, 10:00 a.m.

2. Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC), Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 5:00 p.m.

3. Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC), Thursday, February 21, 2019, 10:00 a.m.

4. Metropolitan Planning Organization (Policy Committee), Monday, February 25, 2019, 2:00 p.m.

The meetings will be held at the West Alabama Regional Commission (WARC), 4200 Highway 69 North, Northport. The public is encouraged to attend and participate. Anyone requiring special assistance should contact the WARC at least 48 hours prior to the meeting (205-333-2990 or david.norris@westal.org).

Items that will be discussed at the meetings include: (1) proposed amendment for the Fiscal Years 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP); (2) the 2045 Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) traffic model; and (3) the West Alabama Coordinated Public Transit Plan 2019 strategies report. The initial meeting packets are available at https://www.warc.info/mpo-meetings/. A map of the 2045 LRTP traffic model is available at https://www.warc.info/mpo-documents/.

Proposed TIP Amendments

  • (Deletion) 100066455 US-82 (SR-6) at the intersection of Sam Sutton Road - Safety improvements; CN: $125,332

  • (Addition) 100069410 SR-69 at Charlie Shirley Road (CR-84) - Intersection improvements; MC; 1/15/2019; $400,000

  • (Addition) 100068831 McFarland Boulevard NE/E (US-82, SR-6) from Rice Mine Road to west of Jack Warner Parkway - Add lanes and interchange improvements at Rice Mine Road, Jack Warner Parkway, and Campus Drive; CN; 9/27/19; $29,835,000

  • (Addition) 100069464 Arts ‘N Autism Section 5317 Transit (Urban) - Operating FY 2019: TR; 2/1/2019; $70,154

  • (Deletion) 100013141 US-11 (SR-7) at Black Warrior River Relief (BIN 002885; 7-63-10.6) - Replace bridge; RW

  • (Deletion) 100042253 US-11 (SR-7) at Black Warrior River Relief (BIN 002885; 7-63-10.6) - Replace bridge; UT

  • (Deletion) 100013137 US-11 (SR-7) at Black Warrior River Relief (BIN 002885; 7-63-10.6) - Replace bridge; CN

  • (Deletion) 100013142 US-11 (SR-7) at Black Warrior River Relief (BIN 002887; 7-63-11.5) - Replace bridge; RW

  • (Deletion) 100042254 US-11 (SR-7) at Black Warrior River Relief (BIN 002887; 7-63-11.5) - Replace bridge; UT

  • (Deletion) 100013138 US-11 (SR-7) at Black Warrior River Relief (BIN 002887; 7-63-11.5) - Replace bridge; CN

  • (Addition) 100068206 US-11 (SR-7) at Holley Springs Lane (SR-300) in Fosters - Roundabout construction; PE; 2/1/2019; $200,000

The public can comment on the proposed TIP amendments at any of the MPO committee meetings, by mail (at the address in the header), e-mail (david.norris@westal.org), telephone (205-333-2990, x 213), or fax (205-333-2713). Public comments regarding the proposed amendments will be accepted until February 8, 2019, unless submitted at one of the February MPO committee meetings.

The MPO Policy Committee plans how federal highway and transit funds are spent in Tuscaloosa County. The MPO Policy Committee is served by three advisory committees: the BPC, CTAC, and the TCC. The BPC was formed to assist the MPO with bicycle and pedestrian issues. The CTAC provides active and on-going public participation. The TCC, composed of engineers and planners, provides technical guidance to the Policy Committee.

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Tuscaloosa Area metropolitan planning (MPO)
Annual training session

The Tuscaloosa Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will hold its annual training session on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 12:00 p.m. (noon) at the offices of the West Alabama Regional Commission (WARC). The Commission is located at 4200 Highway 69 North, Northport, Alabama. No meal will be served. However, attendees are invited to bring their lunch. There is no charge for the training.

The training session will serve as an introduction to anyone unfamiliar with the MPO process and as a refresher to those more experienced. The MPO determines how federal highway and transit funds are used in Tuscaloosa County. Handouts from each presentation will be provided to meeting attendees.

Representatives from the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and the West Alabama Regional Commission will review state and federal funding programs, regulations that guide the planning process, the operation of the Tuscaloosa Area MPO, and the life of a transportation project.

The training session is open to the public. Anyone requiring special assistance should contact the WARC at least 48 hours prior to the day of the session.